Saint Roch, early 16th century, France, Normandy (Manche), said to have come from the cathedral at Cherbourg.
Saint Roch, early 16th century, France, Normandy (Manche), said to have come from the cathedral at Cherbourg. Oak, paint, and gilding gilding, process of applying a thin layer of real or imitation gold to a surface. The process is employed on wood, metal, ivory, leather, paper, glass, porcelain, and fabrics and is used to embellish the decorative elements, domes, and vaults of buildings. , 61 1/2" (156 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.239 a, b).
The importance of symbolism, the anatomical naturalism, and the slightly exaggerated S curve in this figure's stance are all characteristic of the Late Gothic style in Europe. The various stories of Roch's life (c. 1350-1380) explain the details of this statue, and account for his becoming the patron saint of the diseased and veterinarians Veterinarians and veterinary surgeons (vets) are medical professionals who operate exclusively on animals. Well-known and notable veterinarians include:
A coat or layer enveloping an organ or a part; tunica.
a covering or coat. See also tunica.
see tunica flava abdominis. hints at his nobility, for Roch was supposedly the son of the governor of Montpellier in France. However, it is also sized for a plumper person, showing that, after curing others, Roch became sick with the Black Plague. This is confirmed by his worried expression and the disease's bubo bubo /bu·bo/ (bu´bo) an enlarged and inflamed lymph node, particularly in the axilla or groin, due to such infections as plague, syphilis, gonorrhea, lymphogranuloma venereum, and tuberculosis. , which discreetly appears on his thigh, rather than in his groin, where the lymphatic system lymphatic system (lĭmfăt`ĭk), network of vessels carrying lymph, or tissue-cleansing fluid, from the tissues into the veins of the circulatory system. often formed such a "bubble." A dog, seen here, brought him food and, later, his master, who nursed Roch back to health.
Have your students create a written or oral narrative about this figure based on its details.
Dr Mike Norris, museum educator for Family Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.